Track races will return to Boston on July 18 with the MVMT Race Series.
Race director Jon Green has put together a detailed safety plan so that the races are in accordance with USATF and Massachusetts guidelines. The meet is also hoping to raise money for Good Sports – is a non-profit organization based in Massachusetts that creates opportunities in sports and outdoor activities for children in low-income communities.
According to the safety plan: “Two tests will be required until tests become more reliable. There must be 24 hours between tests, and athletes will be required to show proof of negative results to participate in the meet. Athletes will be required to sign a waiver stating that they have not had any COVID-19 symptoms over the past two weeks. In addition, infrared thermometers will be used to test everyone’s temperature making sure they are under 100.4F. If anyone has a fever all individuals in the car will not be allowed to come to the meet. From my understanding, CVS can provide free testing with proper insurance.”
Masks will be required for any athlete support, coach or official at the venue.
Athletes will be given 5 to 7 minutes before their respective races to do some strides. After their event, they will be asked to promptly leave the fenced track area to allow for the next event’s athletes to prepare for their race. No coaches will be allowed in the infield area.
As nice as it would be to have fans in the stands, spectators will be discouraged from attending on Saturday. The location for the meet is being kept secret to help prevent people from gathering.
Good news! CITIUS MAG will go live on Instagram and possibly Periscope (for those who want to watch and share on Twitter) from the venue. Each race will be archived into the CITIUS MAG Instagram feed.
There will be certified sports medical doctors on-site from Wellness in Motion Boston as well as medical emergency services in case any athlete needs additional aid.
Despite the heat, athletes will not be offered water in the 10,000 meters race. There will be tables set up approximately 10 meters past the finish line with individual water bottles.
The start lists and times for the races can be found below:
Women’s 1,500 meters, 6 p.m. ET
Brenna Detra (BAA)
Dana Giordano (BAA)
Audrey Belf (Unattached)
Nicole Borofski (BAA)
Men’s 10,000 Meters, 6:15 p.m. ET
Zach Panning (Hansons-Brooks)
Girma Mecheso (WCAP-Army)
Ian La Mere (Hansons-Brooks)
Ben Kendell (Hansons-Brooks)
Abdisamed Abdi (Hansons-Brooks)
Women’s 10,000 Meters, 7 p.m. ET
Molly Seidel (Saucony)
Aisling Cuffe (Saucony) – Pacer
Abbey Cooper (New Balance)
Emily Durgin (Under Armour)
Natosha Rogers (Hansons-Brooks)
Olivia Pratt (Hansons-Brooks)
Keira D’Amato (Unattached)